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The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples

By David Gilmour

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Released: 2012-11-13
Paperback (480 pages)

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A provocative, entertaining account of Italy's diverse riches, its hopes and dreams, its past and present

Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? The question is asked and answered in a number of ways in The Pursuit of Italy, an engaging, original consideration of the many histories that contribute to the brilliance―and weakness―of Italy today.

David Gilmour's wonderfully readable exploration of Italian life over the centuries is filled with provocative anecdotes as well as personal observations, and is peopled by the great figures of the Italian past―from Cicero and Virgil to the controversial politicians of the twentieth century. His wise account of the Risorgimento debunks the nationalistic myths that surround it, though he paints a sympathetic portrait of Giuseppe Verdi, a beloved hero of the era.

Gilmour shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions, with their distinctive art, civic cultures, identities, and cuisines. Italy's inhabitants identified themselves not as Italians but as Tuscans and Venetians, Sicilians and Lombards, Neapolitans and Genoese. Italy's strength and culture still come from its regions rather than from its misconceived, mishandled notion of a unified nation.

The Italians

By John Hooper

Penguin Group USA
Released: 2016-01-19
Paperback (336 pages)

The Italians
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Washington Post bestseller
Los Angeles Times bestseller

A vivid and surprising portrait of the Italian people from an admired foreign correspondent


How did a nation that spawned the Renaissance also produce the Mafia? And why does Italian have twelve words for coat hanger but none for hangover?
 
John Hooper’s entertaining and perceptive new book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians. Fifteen years as a foreign correspondent based in Rome have sharpened Hooper’s observations, and he looks at the facts that lie behind the stereotypes, shedding new light on everything from the Italians’ bewildering politics to their love of life and beauty. Hooper persuasively demonstrates the impact of geography, history, and tradition on many aspects of Italian life, including football and Freemasonry, sex, food, and opera. Brimming with the kind of fascinating—and often hilarious—insights unavailable in guidebooks, The Italians will surprise even the most die-hard Italophile.


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Italy: A History

By Vincent Cronin

New Word City, Inc.
Released: 2015-11-24
Kindle Edition (266 pages)

Italy: A History
 
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Here, from New York Times bestselling historian Vincent Cronin, is the extraordinary story of Italy - from the birth of the Roman Empire to the rise of the city-states through the Renaissance and the making of modern Italy.

A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge Concise Histories)

By Christopher Duggan

Cambridge University Press
Released: 2013-12-05
Paperback (360 pages)

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Since its formation in 1861, Italy has struggled to develop an effective political system and a secure sense of national identity. This new edition of Christopher Duggan's acclaimed introduction charts the country's history from the fall of the Roman Empire in the west to the present day and surveys the difficulties Italy has faced during the last two centuries in forging a nation state. Duggan successfully weaves together political, economic, social and cultural history, and stresses the alternation between materialist and idealist programmes for forging a nation state. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to offer increased coverage of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italy, as well as a new section devoted to Italy in the twenty-first century. With a new, extensive bibliographical essay and a detailed chronology, this is the ideal resource for those seeking an authoritative and comprehensive introduction to Italian history.

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (Penguin Classics)

By Jacob Burckhardt

Burckhardt, Jacob/ Middlemore, S. G. C. (TRN)
Released: 1990-12-04
Paperback (400 pages)

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For nineteenth-century Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt, the Italian Renaissance was nothing less than the beginning of the modern world - a world in which flourishing individualism and the competition for fame radically transformed science, the arts, and politics. In this landmark work he depicts the Italian city-states of Florence, Venice and Rome as providing the seeds of a new form of society, and traces the rise of the creative individual, from Dante to Michelangelo. A fascinating description of an era of cultural transition, this nineteenth-century masterpiece was to become the most influential interpretation of the Italian Renaissance, and anticipated ideas such as Nietzsche's concept of the 'Ubermensch' in its portrayal of an age of genius.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Italy Travel Guide: The ultimate traveler's Italy guidebook, history, tour book and everything Italian

By Alex Pitt

Released: 2016-09-13
Kindle Edition (154 pages)

Italy Travel Guide: The ultimate traveler s Italy guidebook, history, tour book and everything Italian
 
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Are you planning a trip to Italy?
Always been in love with Italy and everything Italian?
Simply browsing and dreaming of a Southern Europe holiday?


Then this book is for you!


This book will put your doubts of whether going to Italy is worth it. The magical country of Italia has so much to offer for holiday visitors in terms of activities, food, wine, sightseeing and more. Plan your holiday with this clever extensive Italian travel guide. Or, if you were unsure of where to go for your European holiday - allow me to introduce you to Italy and convince you to visit this wonderful, beautiful South European country. You can read about Italian history, cuisine, culture, all Italian regions, where to go, how to get there, what to see, when and where to see it, how to stay safe and more secret tips!

I am Alex Pitt - adventurer, climber, survivor, nomad, traveler and writer and I would like to present to you the beautiful country of Italy.
This book includes:

  • Overview of all Italian regions - Northwest Italy, Northeast Italy, Central Italy, Southern Italy, Sicily, Sardinia and other destinations

  • History of Italy - from prehistory through the Roman Empire to the Italian Republic

  • Climate in Italy

  • Travelling to Italy - by plane, train, car, bus or boat

  • Traveling in Italy - by train, plane, car, bus, boat or hitchhiking

  • Things to see - Roman ruins, Byzantine cities, operas, streets, squares, islands, museums, history, culture, religion

  • Things to do - beaches, classical music, vineyards, cycling tours, sailing, spectator sports

  • Money - shopping, currency, tipping, what to buy

  • Food and drinks - eating, cuisine, specialties, pizza, cheese and sausages, restaurants and bars, gastronomia, water, wine, beer, coffee

  • Accommodation

  • Staying safe - crime, tourist scams, racism, staying healthy

  • Staying connected - internet access, telephone, mobile, post

  • Rome

  • Venice

  • Piemonte

  • Liguria

  • Lombardy

  • Trentino-Alto Adige

  • Friuli-Venezia Giulia

  • Emilia-Romagna

  • Tuscany

  • Campania

  • Sicily

  • Sardinia

  • Typical costs

  • Tips to know before visiting Italy and more!

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Art in Renaissance Italy: 1350-1500 (Oxford History of Art)

By Evelyn Welch

Oxford Paperbacks
Paperback (354 pages)

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The Italian Renaissance was a pivotal period in the history of Western culture during which artists such as Masaccio, Donatello, Fra Angelico, and Leonardo created some of the world's most influential and exciting works in a variety of artistic fields. Here, Evelyn Welch presents a fresh picture of the Italian Renaissance by challenging traditional scholarship and placing emphasis on recreating the experience of contemporary Italians: the patrons who commissioned the works, the members of the public who viewed them, and the artists who produced them. Art in Renaissance Italy 1350-1500 dramatically revises the traditional story of the Renaissance and takes into account new issues that have greatly enriched our understanding of the period. From paintings and coins to sculptures and tapestries, Welch examines the issues of materials, workshop practices, and artist-patron relationships, and explores the ways in which visual imagery related to contemporary sexual, social, and political behavior.

A Short History of Italy (Illustrated)

By Mary Platt Parmele

Released: 2016-04-01
Kindle Edition (80 pages)

A Short History of Italy (Illustrated)
 
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From the birth of the Roman Empire to the rise of the city-states through the Renaissance and the making of modern Italy, Mary Platt Parmele’s A Short History of Italy is a fascinating story of the forces and events that shaped this country.

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